Direct lending to established local businesses with trustworthy owners has historically provided very attractive returns.

Featured Media Coverage

President Brendan Ross on
Small Business Lending &
Peer to Peer Investing

CNBC: Small-business lending: The next fixed income frontier?

By Alex Rosenberg Forget the U.S. government —...

Lend Academy: Direct Lending Investments Seeks to Convert Fund to a 40-Act Fund

By Ryan Lichtenwald While many private funds now...

Los Angeles Times: Turnaround specialist turns to hedge fund

By James Rufus Koren The gig: Brendan Ross, 42,...

About Us

Direct Lending Investments is a private investment firm.  We are the General Partner of the Direct Lending Income Fund, LP.

Loaning money to established small businesses with trustworthy owners and a legitimate need for capital has historically provided very attractive returns.

We make this compelling, income-producing asset class available to investors.

Short-Term, High-Yield, Small Business Loan Fund

The Fund owns a diversified pool of high-yielding, 3-36 month business notes. The notes are purchased from a number of lenders including IOUCentral.com and QuarterSpot.  These lenders make loans to qualified, established businesses that fit our strict filtering criteria.

Our investment objective is to earn consistent cash income net of all expenses and fees that is significantly higher than other short-term, high-yield alternatives.

The Loans

Our average borrower has been in business for 10 years. We do not consider it appropriate to own ‘small business loans’ made to startups. The businesses are a mix of doctors, restaurants, gas stations, convenience stores, and other traditional local businesses whose modest borrowing needs of $10,000-$500,000 put them below the threshold for traditional, bank-originated business loans.

The Direct Lending Income Fund buys and holds these notes, from which it expects to generate high monthly returns, strong portfolio cash flow, and low volatility.

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In the News

January 26, 2016 |

CNBC: Small-business lending: The next fixed income frontier?

By Alex Rosenberg Forget the U.S. government — how about lending to your neighborhood dentist...

January 5, 2016 |

Lend Academy: Direct Lending Investments Seeks to Convert Fund to a 40-Act Fund

By Ryan Lichtenwald While many private funds now exist to aggregate marketplace lending opportunities for...

January 3, 2016 |

Los Angeles Times: Turnaround specialist turns to hedge fund

By James Rufus Koren The gig: Brendan Ross, 42, is founder and chief executive of Direct Lending Investments, a La...

December 4, 2015 |

Lend Academy: An In Depth Look at the OnDeck/JPMorgan Chase Deal

By Peter Renton On Tuesday, OnDeck and JPMorgan Chase announced a partnership in what I think is the biggest news...

November 11, 2015 |

Press Release: Direct Lending Investments Celebrates Three Year Anniversary

Direct Lending Investments Celebrates Three Year Anniversary Leading Fund for Short-Term Business Loans Surpasses...

September 30, 2015 |

Financial Advisor: When Investors Become The Banker

By Jeff Schlegel Fixed-income investing is in a weird place, caught between historically low interest rates and...

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